FA Cup: Chelsea v Stoke City match preview

A
look ahead to this weekend’s FA Cup fourth round tie at Stamford Bridge

Juan Mata’s imminent departure to Old Trafford has sparked Chelsea into pushing through a deal for Basel winger Mohammed Salah but the Egyptian international is not expected feature in the FA Cup tie at Stamford Bridge. Marco van Ginkel remains a long-term absentee for the Blues and Demba Ba could get the nod to spearhead the Chelsea attack after the club confirmed Fernando Torres would be out for some weeks with knee ligament damage.

Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones could be recalled after being dropped for the Potter’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at the weekend for refusing to play against Liverpool and new-signing John Guidetti could feature to follow up on his debut from the bench at Crystal Palace.

KICK-OFF: Sunday, 3.30pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS:

Stoke 3 (Crouch, Ireland, Assaidi) Chelsea 2 (Shurrle 2), Premier League, December 2013
Stoke 0 Chelsea 4 (Walters og 2, Lampard, Hazard), Premier League, January 2013
Chelsea 1 (Cole) Stoke 0, Premier League, September 2012

STATS:

Stoke have lost three of their four meetings against Chelsea in the FA Cup, the first of which coming in 1934

Chelsea have scored 22 goals in their previous 10 meetings with Stoke in all competitions

Former Chelsea player Mark Hughes has lost every one of his seven games at Stamford Bridge as a manager, seeing his sides concede 19 goals and score just three times in the process

ODDS:

Chelsea to win: 1.2
Stoke to win: 15
Draw: 6

TV: Live on ITV at 3.30pm

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project